Ghost Stories (Week 5)
Demons are angels that rebelled against God, and were cast out of heaven. Cf. Jude 6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; • Other Names for Demons: unclean spirits, evil spirits Cf. Matthew 10:1; Luke 8:2
Satan was the original angel who fell from his position in heaven due to sin and led a third of the angels/demons with him. Isaiah 14:12-15 12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit. Cf. Matthew 25:41 • Other Names for Satan: Dragon, Devil, Serpent, Lucifer Revelations 12:4, 7-9 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. 7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. • His appearance: Cf. Ezekiel 28:12-17; 2 Corinthians 11:14
Tactics of the Enemy: 2 Corinthians 2:11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. • Liar vs. Truth John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. Cf. Genesis 3:1, 4-5; 1 Kings 22:21; James 2:19; 2 Corinthians 11:3 • Tempts vs Makes Free 1 John 3:8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Cf. Matthew 4:1-11; 1 Corinthians 7:5 • Demon Possession vs. Indwelling of the Holy Spirit Matthew 8:16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, Cf. Matthew 4:23-25; 7:21-23; 8:23-34; 9:32-34; 12:22-32; 15:21-28; 17:14-21; Mark 1:21-28; 16:9; Luke 11:20; 13:10-17; Acts 19:11-16 Can people still be possessed today? Yes Do we still perform exorcisms? The best way to remove the evil in people, is by planting the seed of the gospel in the hearts of them. Ephesians 2:2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God Cf. Ephesians 4:23, 27; 6:10-18; James 4:7 • Kill vs. Give Life John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
We Win Revelation 12:10-11 10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death 1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. Cf. Luke 10:17; Romans 16:20; Colossians 2:15